Ascent of Pointe d'Arcalod on 2006-08-21

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:None. 2 others starting on ascent as I reached the col.
Date:Monday, August 21, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pointe d'Arcalod
    Elevation:2217 m / 7274 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Pointe d’Arcalod, 2217m, P1717m

Map: 1:25k: 3432OT

Start: from S, Nant Fourchu car park 6km E of Ecole.

Route: good track to Col d’Orgeval, path SW past “dangerous terrain” sign, then steep paintmarked route up slabby E ridge to summit (not always follow polished rock in gaps between paint marks).

Difficulties: E ridge very steep, passages of sustained scrambling, not technical but exposed and a little intimidating.

Trig point: none found, unclear whether one mapped.

Notes: Superb mountain, compact rocky summit, never quite clear of cloud hence views limited; Brocken spectre as compensation. Exciting scrambling on excellent grippy limestone.

Wildlife: Nutcracker heard calling in gorge near start. Edelweiss seen at two points on E ridge – the only sightings in 2 weeks
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1221 m / 4006 ft
    Elevation Loss:1221 m / 4006 ft
    Distance:11 km / 6.8 mi
    Grade/Class:YDS 3
    Route Conditions:
Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1221 m / 4006 ft
    Distance:5.5 km / 3.4 mi
    Route:from Nant Fourchu, via Col d’Orgeval
    Trailhead:Nant Fourchu car park  996 m / 3268 ft
    Time Up:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1221 m / 4006 ft
    Distance:5.5 km / 3.4 mi
    Route:via Col d’Orgeval
    Trailhead:Nant Fourchu car park  996 m / 3268 ft
    Time Down:2 Hours 

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